Groundhog Day: 5 Things You May Not Know About Punxsutawney Phil
Get to Know the ‘Seer of Seers’ and ‘Prognosticator of all Prognosticators’!
On February 2nd, a crowd of people is expected to gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. They’ll watch the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerge from his burrow in a hollowed-out tree stump and look for his shadow. If he sees it, some folks believe that they should brace themselves for six more weeks of winter. However, if he doesn’t, they believe that spring will come early.
The groundhog communicates his weather predictions to the current president of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle, who then translates Phil’s forecast from Groundhogese to English before announcing it to the world.
Whether you view Groundhog Day as just a superstition or take it as a morale boost to get you through the rest of the winter months, Goodwill Car Donations invites you to take a closer look at Punxsutawney Phil, a rodent that has been described as “seer of seers” and “prognosticator of all prognosticators.”
- He used to go by a different name.
Phil was originally named “Br’er Groundhog.” However, the members of the Inner Circle decided to change his name to “Philip” after Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1953. Prince Philip was the English queen’s husband. It wasn’t until a few years later in 1961 when the famed groundhog was officially named “Punxsutawney Phil.”
- He has a wife.
Punxsutawney Phil lives with his wife, Phyllis, in the town library. When he’s not busy making weather forecasts at Gobbler’s Knob, he hibernates with Phyllis through the winter. However, they’re both kept in an environment with enough heat and light to keep them awake for the main event on Groundhog Day.
- He has been around for more than a century.
The celebrated weather oracle has been giving his official prognostications since 1887. It all started with a local newspaper editor named Clymer Freas who came up with the concept of Groundhog Day and sold a group of groundhog hunters and businessmen on the idea.
- People take care of him.
A group of local dignitaries in top hats and tuxedos who make up the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle is responsible for taking care of Phil for the entire year. Besides giving the groundhog his meds to keep him healthy, these men also plan and organize the yearly ceremonies.
- His predictions are accurate but sometimes misinterpreted.
Phil’s shadow-based prognostications are deemed always correct. However, the variants on the Inner Circle president’s interpretation of Phil’s forecasts cause his batting average for weather forecasts to be less-than-stellar.
Get Rid of a Car You No Longer Need Before Spring Comes
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Help the Needy on Groundhog Day!
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